2020 Democratic presidential primary candidate Andrew Yang released his climate change proposal on Monday, urging people to move to “higher ground.”
The 2020 Democratic presidential contender — who brought in two percent in a recent Politico poll — deemed climate change “an existential threat” in his new plan to combat it and said that Americans “need to recognize” that we are currently enduring the “negative effects.”
The California businessman’s new plan is built on a “five-pronged approach” that includes “build[ing] a sustainable economy by transitioning away from fossil fuels to renewable energy” and “pass[ing] a constitutional amendment” that will make state and federal governments “stewards for the environment.”
In his third prong, Yang calls for the country to “adapt” to the “new reality” that climate change has brought on and for Americans to move “to higher ground.”
“Natural disasters and other effects of climate change are already causing damage and death,” wrote the Democratic presidential primary candidate. “We need to adapt our country to this new reality.”
Yang expands on this further in his plan, saying that the rising sea levels due to “the melting of ice sheets in Greenland and the Arctic,” natural disasters like hurricanes, floods, and wildfires will become more commonplace and called on people to “adapt” to the “new world.”
“As sea levels rise because of the melting of ice sheets in Greenland and the Arctic, hurricanes become more intense and frequent, floods become more common, and wildfires spread faster through a drier forest, we need to realize what is happening and adapt to our new world.”
He plans to help combat rising sea levels as well as hurricanes, wildfires, and other natural disasters through a litany of methods, including:
- Improving infrastructure, as well as refurbishing natural barriers to combat rising sea levels at a cost of $30 billion.
- Ensuring places that are more prone to being hit by hurricanes and floods are better prepared through “pre-disaster mitigation grants” at a cost of $25 billion over the course of a decade.
- Increasing the U.S. Forest Services’ budget by five times the amount to almost $25 billion for a minimum of five years to combat wildfires by focusing on prevention and establishing partnerships with area experts.
- Making a “Climate Change Adaptation Institute” that keeps watch on climate change and introduces new ways to adapt to it with a beginning yearly budget of $4.5 billion.
Additionally, as potential last resorts to combat climate change, Yang proposes launching “space mirrors” into orbit to “reflect much of the sun’s light” or looking into “stratosphere aerosol scattering,” where he posits that scientists can “mimic” the mass cooling effects of volcanic eruptions by finding a way to “burn sulfur in the stratosphere.”
In total, Yang’s climate change plan would cost the country a total of $4.87 trillion over two decades.
Climate change has become a key issue in the 2020 Democratic primary.
As IJR News previously reported, self-described democratic socialist Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) revealed his $16.3 trillion Green New Deal plan last week that aims to hit “full decarbonization” by 2050.
Additionally, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) claimed that the world has “ten years” left due to climate change, echoing freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-N.Y.) claim that “the world will end in 12 years” because of global warming.